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  1. Great show. It didn't have quite the same near-Mania feel as last year going in, but most everything clicked perfectly live. I don't know if people realized this on TV or not, but they set up the stage on the opposite end this year - meaning the seats I bought for their impeccable view of the ring were now directly behind the KhanTron. Around 15-20 of us ended up having a pretty uncomfortably heated conversation with stadium staff (with myself, a really cool, older Italian dude from Brooklyn, and a real tough lady from Rhode Island leading the charge) and finally convinced them to move us, but for a little bit, it was a real tough situation with the stadium telling us to call Ticketmaster, and then Ticketmaster telling us to call AEW... From where we DID end up sitting, we could actually see slightly into Gorilla, so it was really cool for our section because we caught Saraya going up the stairs to the stage, so we got a solid 15-20 seconds of "Was that Paige? Dude, that's fuckin' Paige!" in before the music hit. Absolutely unglued. Just a massive reaction, and after some of the things she's been through, I couldn't be happier for that woman. Hope she went to Sting's orthopaedist. Speaking of which, I've seen Sting manage once, and wrestle twice now! Didn't even think I'd get one of those in, so I continue to be in awe of that guy, and am just beyond grateful for this run. Edit: I want to also shout out the three guys sitting behind me, they were way into Serena during the fatal four way, and we had a great time cheering for her. I had an awesome time, met a lot of cool people, and saw some fantastic matches and historic moments - but five hours is a long one. 12:30-1:00 on a Wednesday is a super tall order. I think they need to revisit their taping schedule and do Rampage first (and edit some backstage segments in later for results affected by Dynamite) or explore the cost of doing more frequent standalone Elevation/Rampage tapings in smaller venues, like they're doing next month up in Connecticut. Reactions of the night: 1) Saraya 2) The Acclaimed 3) You should watch Rampage this week.
    14 points
  2. You know how The Beatles needed Billy Preston in the studio to be more productive towards the end because they all liked him so much that they were too embarrassed to fight with each other in front of him? I feel like if Takeshita had been at All Out shit could’ve gone down differently.
    13 points
  3. Angelico should be out there doing seven minutes of weirdo llave shit every week on Dark as a palate cleanser between squashes.
    12 points
  4. Just a small note on the commentary team tonight: the way Taz and Excalibur showed genuine concern for Schiavone, asking was he ok and did he need attention in a very low key way really added to the impact of the moment. Avoiding hyperbolic, "that diabolical MJF" type diatribes in favour of checking up on your beloved colleague is so much more resonant. Excalibur and Taz feel like real people on commentary and that adds so much to the presentation.
    12 points
  5. Talked to the box office and sorted it out, so we got tickets!
    12 points
  6. Every segment over a million. That's gotta be encouraging at least...
    12 points
  7. This is where I'm at. I'm doing a Nitro/WCW PPV watchthrough, and Booker is an excellent athlete who is good at clubbering and is a solid bumper/seller, too. He's got a signature bump (kick whiff that leads to a self-crotching on the rope) that always gets a good pop, and he looks impressive flying through the air. It's not just that he was being compared to a guy in Stevie Ray who doesn't have the athletic ability that Book does; he's genuinely an explosive athlete who is good at bumping, selling, and stooging just to the right amount. He's basically always good for a good match, but he's not going to be in great ones very often. Partially, that's the nature of when he finally became a singles star (in an era where great matches were fewer and farther between because of the style). By the time he was ready for liftoff in WWE, he'd lost some of that athleticism and wasn't strong enough in other areas to make up for that, though he's always been underrated when it comes to heel stooging. I'd classify Booker as basically the line for "are you good enough in ring to be featured as a main event talent?" I think his career as a sometimes World Champ and dominant tag team member is right about in line with his ring ability and charisma levels.
    12 points
  8. "Fire The Jobbers" is easily one of the Four Pillars of Bad Takes, along with "It's A Work", "Eddie Loses Too Much", and "Meme Wrestler Bad" EDIT: Please do not mistake this as a pro-Luigi Primo statement.
    11 points
  9. The Acclaimed really have caught the moment. They went really viral for Max’s student debt reference a few weeks ago. He sees a formula with a sly political reference since he mentioned Cuomo last night. I am surprised that we have not seen some Proud Boys protest the Scissor Me Daddy Ass stuff since it’s the wrestling equivalent of a Drag Queen Story Hour. They have a great combination of being edgy and funny and cool but also tapping into a progressive point of view without overdoing it. Them also being huge homegrown stars who have become really friggin’ good also helps a lot.
    11 points
  10. Although the first Grand Slam was what you might call "magical", this one was a better overall taping. I have never been part of a hotter crowd than for Omega/Danielson, but it drained the crowd for everything after it. This crowd mighta anticipated that happening again? Where we knew there was 2 and a half hours worth of Rampage afterwards (they cut that shit down in post every time btw) and nobody wanted to go too crazy. First hour was hot but botchy. Interesting creative choices going forward. I'm glad they did the Jericho switch early. Boy, are The Acclaimed over. Women's match continues what I want to be from the division - sticking the upper crust together in different configurations is working. Athena is like, RIGHT THERE as far as putting it together goes. But Hayter's absence was felt. The pop for Saraya was pretty serious, although I wonder how much the average AEW fan just likes debuts of people they've heard of. Some people pop for pops, y'know? I actually don't think Mox and Danielson have real great chemistry??? They sorta cancel each other out??? But I mean the main was still a wonderful slab of pro-wrestling meat that will sustain you through time and elements. The Rampage taping was really solid. There is something you will pop (possibly even MARK) for if you watch it but maybe don't read spoilers? OK. Action Bronson! Competent! I love that two of the ten rap acts I actually pay attention to were featured in this episode. Starks/Hobbes wrestled like they didn't like each other! Jungle Boy vs. Rey Fenix was the only PWG match of the night! - seriously, this was a very un-flippy taping and I didn't mind one bit - and it was a good PWG match!
    11 points
  11. Me: The woman from Fighting with My Family debuted in AEW tonight. My Wife (Grinning Slyly): Florence Pugh debuted in AEW? Cool. Me: Goddamit.
    11 points
  12. I know it's trite to point out that Claudio is a freak, but I get nervous these days when people need to lift Jericho. He helped Chris up with ease for that rana off the ropes. Thing of beauty. Jericho winning should be a boon to the "get ROH a TV deal ASAP, what's going on with ROH, has anyone heard anything about ROH" crowd. Doing media earlier in the week, MJF was saying the Road Warrior pop is now the MJF pop. Pretty sure it's the Acclaimed pop. Think they had the perfect finish after the boom box spot, cooled the crowd down for a beat going a bit longer and running into a blown spot. But all's well that ends well. Slim chance it was going to touch the sleeper success of the PPV match, but still quite fun. Ready for big things for Swerve after distinguishing himself during this reign and especially the PPV defense. I warned you all it was coming. Blackpool Cuckold Club~! Does PAC have the best current DDT bump? Maybe. Nice OChicanery with the legs straight up inviting PAC in. OC's getting closer, PAC's getting more desperate to avoid the losing the intensity vs sloth war. To be continued. In like eight months probably. Be careful not to get caught in a backslide counter around the Professor or she'll teach you a lesson. Also, don't attack the Professor when she's on the apron, if she has three opponents then she'll run through all three. Very high ring IQ. Bad break for Britt, hope it's nothing serious. Hope Saraya is able to handle any unfinished business she thinks she has left, since WWE wasn't gonna give her much. Good to see her. The Darby video makes me long for him to do one that's as overtly comedic as possible. This was good, but not quite all the way there. Regal isn't coming on to Ex, so that tells you it's time for some serious business. Some of the acoustics on those chops are wild, especially on the right corner on the camera side. Deathrider on the ramp was a great false finish. Loved Mox rolling rough the attempted counter of the choke off the buckles -- that'd fool a less experienced rassler, but not a highly seasoned Mox who's seemingly been in heavy training with Regal and Danielson. Bring on the Sting craziness on Friday.
    11 points
  13. Eddie Kingston talking about his mental health struggles resonates with me and helps me with my mental health struggles. I hope this video helps people.
    11 points
  14. Made it through. Wasn't spoiled. It's 8:12 on a Friday morning. The 10 year old is up watching Doctor Who. I did make her eggos. The 4 year old turned 5 today. There are cakes upstairs that look like Bluey that my wife spent hours and hours on over the last few days. She's still asleep. We're doing ok here. Sting/Darby vs HOB was wild. Julia went full Sherri, down to the bumps. Hopefully she's ok. I've been spending a lot of time with 86 Muto so it was charming to see 2022 Muta. Sting laughing isn't a well they should go to every day but once and a while we can get Joker Sting. It makes this stand out against some of the other no DQ stuff we've seen out of him. Matthews was amazing eating that Dragon Screw. I really liked the hanging spot with King too. Bronson/Hook vs 2.0 was good for what it was. Bronson had some size and he was on the apron for most of it but past getting knocked off once when he was hyping up the crowd, there was no sense that 2.0 were better than him in any way. It was nice to hear Taz on commentary for it as I think he wasn't for Parker singles match. This was good in letting us see Hook sell a bit and 2.0 make quick tags and cut off the ring. The double redrum got a huge pop so you can't really fault any of it. If having Bronson there creates even a handful of fans for AEW and makes the people in the building feel like they saw something special, then it worked. War-Joe vs Nese/Woods: Woods screwing around was good. Wardlow's suplexes looked good. Hopefully his leg is ok because Joe finishing off Nese on his own felt weird. Joe just moving out of the way never, ever gets old. Jungle Boy vs Fenix: Urgh, let me say this. My favorite parts of the match were in the two commercial breaks, so DEAN has that to look forward to. I liked some of the holds and the escapes and the pressure being on in the first and I wasn't sold on the strike exchange in the second, until the fans started to really get behind it. Then it had me too. Overall, giving the one cold match on the show so much time felt like a bit of a booking error, but AEW is about wrestling for wrestling's sake sometimes. I'm glad Christian's still a part of things despite the injury. This is where we needed more of a Luchasaurus explanation though. Kingston vs Sammy: Loved it. So smart on how it started. Very smart on how it ended. He should have torn through Lynn too. That's all. I thought the transitions were good, that Sammy being in control when he was felt believable. Forget suspending Kingston. Force him to be a ref like Ronnie Garvin and have him ref all of Sammy and Jericho's matches. That's the angle! Jade vs Diamante: Hopefully Jade was just selling. The strength spot was impressive. Jade comes along with specific spots and exchanges, but the overall timing remains off. She doesn't know how much to let things breathe. It's not her fault. I'm glad Trina smiled at the end because she was a total cipher out there before that. Battle Royal was a very, very good Battle Royal. I loved the chaos outside during the break. Lots of great little character moments throughout. Almost every elimination had something interesting or compelling underlying it. They snuck in all sorts of things, whether it be Danhausen cursing people or the Best Friends hug or the payoff to the Hardy/Private Party stuff or Moriarty going after Garcia, or bits with the Boys and Singh. Mox is probably one of the only guys on the roster who can get a good match out of Page because he'll eat up all of his bullshit. I don't think he was nearly as over against Rush as he would have been two months ago though, so doing it in Cincinnati is probably a big mistake. I think that crowd is going to eat him alive? Hobbs vs Starks was a hell of a thing and it was good to see the crowd go up for Starks on the comeback. Some of those bumps were nuts. I loved Starks kissing hands and high fiving early. That was such a him thing and he should lean into that if he can marry it with intensity. This was really good at snatching hope away at every point right until the end. If the neck thing is still a huge part of Starks' matches two years down the line, he's done. That has to get cycled off at some point for people to really get behind him. It can be a (true) crutch for him to use to help structure his matches for a while, but not forever. Great stuff overall. I wish they'd announced more for next week. I want something like Danielson/Claudio vs Jericho/Garcia pretty soon. Someone should book that.
    10 points
  15. An unexpected debut, The Great Muta!
    10 points
  16. I understand that Khan should have paid Orange Cassidy extra to string along Johnny Ace for months completely in character.
    10 points
  17. Seattle Dynamite and Portland Rampage are definitely minor league soccer teams.
    10 points
  18. If anyone is waiting for Punk to be self reflective, take some blame for all this, and apologize to anybody, they'll be waiting a long time.
    10 points
  19. I don't want to get into a whole argument about this, but the thing that made me cringe was the thought that she's about to feud with Sloppy Charlotte, DDS. Who, literally seconds before Saraya's music hit, did a curbstomp. I'm not in the business, I don't know what they go through or what they think... but someone needs to have had a long conversation with Saraya and know that if she is getting back in the ring as a competitor (and it looks like that's the case), she needs to know that AEW's style (from what I've seen) is WAY more physical than WWE (cf. Baker's nose during the segment) and she is going to have to protect herself like crazy, because no one else in AEW will. Or maybe can. I dunno. I'm thinking a lot about the pregnancy announcement scene in Steel Magnolias: I guess I'll choose to focus on the good news of Saraya coming back and living her dream. But I'm a worrier, and I just hope this is for the best. Sorry everyone, I'll stop now.
    10 points
  20. Ding ding ding, the only person to call Diamante's surprise.
    10 points
  21. HERE WE GO! Chris Jericho is taking on the ROH Champion, Claudio Castagnoli! Jayzeus, Jericho is taking a beating a lot lately. AWESOME! Jericho Suplexes Claudio off the apron to the floor! Channeling Misawa/Kobashi is quite a risk at Jericho's age. Jericho is wrestling like it's twenty years ago, hitting a rana out of a toprope Ricolla Bomb! WTF. RICOLLA BOMB! FOR TWO! CODE BREAKER! Sorta. FOR TWO! BOSTON CRAB! GIANT SWING! Lariat FOR TWO! So this is what- four great matches in a row for Jericho? JERICHO CHEATS! A Low Blow and a Urican! NEW CHAMPION! That was good. The Acclaim is OVER in New York. KEITH LEE WITH A RANA! Keith Lee is a FREAK. Shane Strickland is SO fucking awesome. THAT's how you GET SOME HEAT! While we are in picture in picture, Max Caster takes an ass beating. Keith Lee is the superstar of this match as he goes up for a Bodyslam. Lee is the HEAT MACHINE! Lee does a BEAUTIFUL Moonsault to nowhere! A lot of stuff happens! The match is kind of a mess but the HEAT covers up for the wads of blown stuff. The crowd becomes MOLTEN as Caster hits the Toprope Elbow Drop FOR THE WIN! NEW CHAMPIONS! That was very heated but nearly as good as their first match. But it was still good. Jut not as good. Oh man! FTR and the ASS BOIZ~! THAT would be good too. Huh! Yuta vs MJF! That'll be good. JANE! It's the Bastard, PAC! Cassidy does well with athletic British dudes, bruv! Cassidy always tells a fun story. Pac hits a SUWA Dropkick off the top! Cassidy is such a great sympathetic babyface and Pac beats on him as we go to picture in picture. PAC hits two very nice German Suplexes while we are actually distracted by Flo from Progressive. Cassidy is fun on his babyface comeback! HE IS FIRED UP! P-COLA! PAC sells the DDT like a possessed teenage in a possession movie. That was fucking GREAT. This match is fucking GREAT. Orange Cassidy should just wrestle British dudes in Great Britain if he wins. PAC CHEATS TO WIN! He is a BASTARD! Cassidy is awesome when he loses to athletic British dudes! That was fucking great. Athena and Toni Storm are awesome together. Serena Deeb is wrestling for THREE! LITERALLY! This is bunch of stuff! Athena is fucking AWESOME as we got to picture in picture. Baker takes Athena out of the match by setting up Reba for a Lariat on the floor! Athena and Deeb were battling it out for the superstar of that match. Storm rolls up Baker to win and THEN THE REAL POINT OF THIS! BAKER AND HAYTER ARE FRIENDS AGAIN! THEY BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF STORM AND ATHENA! Annnnnnnnd It's PAIGE! Awesome! Has she wrestled in the last five years? I see that, per cagematch.net, she has not. It's cool that people remember her. That match was really good. The postmatch stuff was where the HEAT was. So that's a BIG win. It's our main event! I hope both of these guys win. AEW wins no matter who wins. Oh man, THIS match is fucking good. THIS MATCH IS MOTHERFUCKING GREAT! Man, they really need to stop cutting to MJF. DEATHRIDER! FOR TWO! MOX WINS WITH A SLEEPER! That was fucking GREAT. AEW RULES THE MOTHERFUCKING WORLD.
    10 points
  22. It has to be Trina. Shoutout to Slip N Slide Records, baby.
    10 points
  23. As long as he leaves Aerosmith at the old folks' home. EDIT: Tia Carrera is totally welcome though, of course
    10 points
  24. Dude if Herb Abrams was a multi billionaire or had access to a billion dollars somehow, he would have snorted his entire body weight in cocaine in under 72 hours. The autopsy report after that OD would have been amazing.
    10 points
  25. 1 million gate and 1 million viewers, especially with some bell weathers debuting on over the air TV has to be a good night. TK has taken the challenges of the Punk situation and moved forward solidly. Having a deep roster that is mainly healthy helps.
    9 points
  26. I was at the show last night and it was amazing. I was super shocked Jericho won and then Moxley won later in the night. The Acclamied are super over. That was a great match. There were so many people wearing that scissor me daddy shirt they are selling. The pop Saraya got was deafening. Another shocker there. But yeah overall a fun show. This doesn't even count rampage which I will not spoil.
    9 points
  27. Spit all over my floor after Caster said Keith Lee looked like a 2-liter of Pepsi.
    9 points
  28. I'm not trying to be controversial, but in my opinion that was a pretty darned good professional wrestling television show. Really looking forward to reading our boy Natural's reaction to the main event over and over and over again for the next several years! (I was hoping for a Danielson win, too). (I don't feel like a Mox win is the end of the world, though). If MJF's fans are Devil Worshippers, does that make PAC's fans Oh boy was it cool to hear so many people erupting with joy for the good guy team winning the tag titles. Pro wrestling at its best.I Really curious what, if anything, the hater-by-nature crowd (here and elsewhere) are going to come up with to complain about for this show. I tend to enjoy almost everything that AEW does... But I really enjoyed everything on this show. That was a pretty much perfect pro wrestling crowd, too. And we have an awesome Rampage to look forward to.
    9 points
  29. Jesus Murphy...close your eyes and it's Jesse Ventura talking lol
    9 points
  30. I love that image. Let's talk about this card. I'm probably more into this week than any single AEW PPV in the last year. It's all the stuff I like and very little I don't like, even if every wrestler I care about isn't on the card. There are basically no wrestlers I don't like on the card for either night and the stakes all feel huge. FOR THE VACANT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Jon Moxley vs. Bryan Danielson They already had a match where they really went at it. I'd like to see Danielson try to drive this one more towards being a "title match" and force Moxley down onto the mat instead of having a match where blood and violence is the end goal. Actually, look, here's the deal: Danielson says he wants the title because he wants to wrestle in title matches as title matches are the most exciting. Moxley says he wants the title for all that it represents and he wants to be given the ball to take the shot. The two of them need to get together and figure out what those two competing forces and visions and character drives looks like and build a match out of that. I don't know what that would look like but it sounds amazing to me. FOUR WAY MATCH FOR THE INTERIM WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP - Toni Storm (c) vs. Serena Deeb vs. Athena vs. Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. Four ways are not great but there has been pretty good agenting lately. I think Davari might have been getting credit for some things? What makes this interesting are the characters/wrestlers involved. Britt brings the style, but there's a ton of substance with Storm, Deeb, and Athena. Deeb is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch this year. Athena's been tearing it up save for the Jade match. It's the only multi-person match on the show so it lets them get a bit more leeway with certain spots. I'll probably be more into single interactions and some of the alliances/betrayals/etc., than the overall match as a whole. 4-ways are more about the moments than the big picture most of the time. FOR THE RING OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Claudio Castagnoli (c) vs. Chris Jericho It's Jericho's career year and he's stacked the deck with yet another match. I'm curious how he goes at this one. With Eddie, it was the King's Road style. With Moxley, it was outwrestling him. With Danielson, it was getting outwrestled and having to rely on desperation moves or capitalize on a mistake. Presumably he's either going to lean into some aspect of ROH or he's going to have to work from underneath against Claudio's strength. FOR THE ALL-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP - PAC (c) vs. Orange Cassidy I haven't seen their previous encounters, but this is more heated than you'd expect given the sneak attack. Personally, I'd like to see Cassidy try to bewilder PAC instead of outwrestle him, but this will probably play out like some of the big 2022 Cassidy workrate heavy matches. I liked the idea that Kip was keeping PAC off balance for the first half of their All Out pre-show match. PAC has to keep the belt leading to the Ethan Page match in Canada though. FOR THE AEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Swerve In Our Glory (Lee / Strickland) (c) vs. The Acclaimed (Caster / Bowens) They have to figure out how to build on the last match, amp up the drama to make it think that Acclaimed aren't winning, then have the Acclaimed win. It's really as simple as that. Given just how good the PPV match was and how many tricks they utilized, I have no idea what the detailed way to do it should be. It depends a bit whether Lee and Strickland are going different ways after this or not and whether you want to build to a split. If not, I'd really lean hard into Keith Lee this time and make him a wall that the Acclaimed have to somehow get over even as Strickland shoots arrows out from behind it.
    9 points
  31. Booker's best of 7 with Benoit was fantastic at the time and pretty innovative as far as breaking out of the formulas of '90s TV wrestling. I'm not sure I've ever thought of Booker as a super worker, he was a great TV worker and an athletic big dude.
    9 points
  32. All problems really stem from having hired Cole and O’Reilly, of course.
    8 points
  33. I am kinda tired from marking out nonstop for two hours Thursday morning, then again today. That's me. Basically. For two straight hours. Excepting the referee angle after the Kingston match. I want AEW to bring in Tay Melo's sweet, fluffy sister Marsha. I can't help but wonder how New Japan feels about Muta showing up in AEW. i don't care, I just wonder. Glad I avoided spoilers! I popped for that. Not too sure I'll pop as hard for him in the ring, but we'll see soon enough I suppose. I was kind of hoping that Chono would do a leisurely stroll-in to save Jungle Lad. Was Hobbs doing a Glacier tribute? Brody King! You did a Sting fling! A LOT of crazy, scary bumps today! Sting, Julia,Darby, Brody King, Kingston, Starks... Awesome show. Hope everyone is OK.
    8 points
  34. Oh man, Brodie King picks up right where he left off with Darby Allin. I love how King is completely murdering Buddy Matthews because of Sting being elusive. MAN! Allin fucking CRUSHES Matthews with a Tope that hits Matthews on the apron! JESUS! King fucking knocks all of Allins teeth and gums out with a Lariat in picture in picture. And then he CRUSHES him with a Fat Boy Cannonball into the corner! Darby Allin finds a very high place to Coffin Drop off of! A LOT OF STUFF HAPPENS! THE GREAT MUTA! That was a great Dragonscrew. THE GREEN MIST! That was fun. I'm guessing Buddy Matthews checked a few things off his bucket list with that match. DADDY MAGIC! COOL HAND ANGE! It's Hook and Action Bronson. I just realized that Hook is the Barry Windham to TAZ's BlackJack Mulligan. Hook is a natural in the ring and his father was a legend but was limited in the ring. HOOK is a face in peril for the first time in his career. 2.0 are great as a heel tagteam. They are the Canadian Midnight Express. Bronson is a fun Robert Gibson. Double Tazmissions! Hook was good as a sympathetic babyface. Hook IS Ricky Morton! That was good because Menard and Parker can carry to guys really well and Hook is all dynamic and shit. Action Bronson IS Parker Boudreaux! AWESOME! SMART MARK STERLING! OUTLAW THE POWERBOMB! Jesus, this is going to be an ass beating. Awesome! Josh Woods and Wardlow are manhandling each other. WardJoe is pretty neat. I REALLY want to see Josh Woods versus Wardlow. That was the best part of the match. Rey Fenix is secretly turning heel, right? He is wrestling rudo early as Jungle Boy goes all Lucha early. He works on the taped up lower back. I wonder if Death Triangle turn evil and join forces with Andrade and Rush? That would be cool. NICE Brainbuster by Jungle Boy. This match is GREAT. They have a chop challenge as we are in picture in picture. This match is big wads of psychology. I wasn't expecting that. Rey Fenix is channeling RUSH. I want to see Jungle Boy versus Rey Fenix- hair versus mask. AWESOME ESCALARA by Fenix! JB STEALS WILL OSPREAY'S FINISHER! FOR TWO! Great fucking nearfall on JB's K-Driller! GREAT LOVE MACHINE SPLASH BY FENIX! MAN! What a GREAT FINISH! That match was fucking GREAT! Christian is a better version of MJF! Eddie Kingston is going to beat the fudge out of Sammy Guevara. Is Sammy going to lose twice in a row? Kingston BUMPS LIKE KENTA KOBASHI OFF THE APRON TO THE FLOOR! Sammy is fucking GREAT in this match. I love that Sammy is bringing enough ass beat to get the crowd behind Kingston's STRUGGLE to escape the smarmy offense of Sammy! Kingston goes COMPLETELY KING'S ROAD on his comeback. I love his Kawada sell of the two knees to the head. STRETCH PLUM for the win! THEN! SAMMY WINS! Kingston IS Wardlow! That was GREAT! SAMMY WINS! SAMMY WINS! SAMMY WINS! This Diamante/Jade Cargill match is better than I figured. I hate battle royals but here we go. Hey! It's Brian Cage! It's Danhausen! It's the BOYS! Okay, I love this battle royal. It's LANCE ARCHER! It's Jake Hagar! It's PRINCE NANA! This battle royal is like the first five episodes of the ROH tv show in all they are setting up. I am most interested in Lee Moriarty vs Daniel Garcia. Dalton Castle eliminates Brian Cage so Brian Cage and the Gates of Agony are getting the ROH six man titles. RUSH! RUSH! RUSH! BOOOO! NOT RUSH! That was fun. HOBBS AND STARKS! (Folks are definitely leaving to get the last subway to Yonkers. Or something.) They are wrestling for the hardcores and the night owls and that rules. Hobbs is great going up for the Rolling DDT. Jericho is great being the defender of honor! Starks takes the bump on the edges of the chairs. JAYZEUS! OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE ONTO THE PILE OF CHAIRS! Jayzeus, Starks is almost crazier than Darby Allin. Starks gets the gigantic Hobbs up for the Rochambeau FOR THE WIN! Hobbs was awesome going up for Starks offense. Starks was awesome taking all the fucking insane bumps. I think the Jungle Boy/Rey Fenix match edges out the Kingston/Sammy match for match of the night. All them were at least fun, most were really good. JB/Fenix was totally GREAT. So was Kingston/Sammy. But yeah, JB/Fenix was like a good Lucha Libre (RUSH) match. Jiminy Crickets, AEW RULES THE MOTHERFUCKING WORLD.
    8 points
  35. That is not as big of an issue as fans make it out to be. Having the belts is at least 3rd or 4th in line behind how much they get paid, how creatively fulfilled they are, and how they are treated / how important they are presented. They already have 3 sets of belts. I think being presented as legitimately the best tag team of this generation, getting to be part of a main stable that got a War Games match, getting to main event a PPV with a 45 min tag match treated as the most important match on the show by far (ROH) are all more valuable to them than if they have AEW tag titles on their waist or not. They got to team with Punk. They get treated as legitimate stars. Dax's daughter got to knock a guy out on PPV and pin him. Even with Triple H in charge there's no way they get presented as lovingly / respected as AEW has presented them. There's no way they get as much importance and creative freedom. Triple H may love those guys and give them a 10 year tag title reign. But it's not going to compare to the feeling of Dax getting to have that moment with his daughter. That's not me saying they won't go back to WWE. They may. But it's not going to be based around them being mad about the number of days they had AEW tag titles in their carry ons.
    8 points
  36. Mr. Immortal being sued by his ex-spouses for support after he faked his death is pretty much exactly the type of shit I want out of this show.
    8 points
  37. I think it's about time we start having some serious talks about Daddy Magic and his promos. This man is a red hot chili pepper when it comes to selling matches.
    8 points
  38. It took some walking through the streets of DC looking down at my phone and dodging traffic but I made it through the show. Full disclosure, I watched the first two matches last night live (so that means PiP), got spoiled on the third and fourth, and then was not spoiled on the title match. I watched that first this morning on the bus, caught the women's match and avoided traffic walking through the PAC/OC one. Overall great crowd. At times, I'm not sure they were mic'd as well as they might have been. More specifics later. EDIT: apparently this could be a US vs intl feed thing. I noticed it this morning more than last night, but others have mentioned it. Claudio vs Jericho was pretty clever. Both guys had incredible entrances. Claudio, even in loss, is living an amazing life. Jericho took a beating. They should have probably made the Silkin thing more of an extended transition instead of going back and forth so much? I need to go back to the int'l stream to see what Jericho was up to cupping his ear during the break. I thought the caught foot on the first low blow attempt was brilliant, especially since they went back to the low blow later. I'm not sure the ref distraction worked perfectly but no one's going to remember that, just the low blow and the win. Jericho being delusional moving forward thinking he really is the world's best ROH wrestler and having to contrast with Garcia is going to be some great storytelling. Tag match wasn't as good as the PPV and I thought the last few minutes were pretty rough but who cares right? The crowd loved it. I loved the crowd. I love that the Acclaimed won and got their moment. The most important thing moving forward is that they be all over TV and either defending or doing raps or whatever. Make them fighting champions even if they're underdogs. As for the match itself, it was a bit like what I wanted, with Lee feeling more prominent. They should have covered on the Mic Drop spot and said that Swerve (who was RIGHT there on the outside) caused Max to fall. It put just a little doubt into the finish but then everything happened too quickly with the ref not distracted enough at the end. I don't think you needed Billy hitting anything. Him just being imposing and causing a distraction would have been enough. Great moment and right call, though. No question. PAC vs OC I did go through pretty quickly. I also only saw bits and pieces of the Revolution match, but enough that I have the big spots and the narrative down, I think. The idea here is that OC will get you on move #1, and he did here, but PAC knew him so well that he pushed forward past it and had something in his pocket again and again. It's like seeing a new pitcher for the second time. You start to get his number. The problem for PAC here though was that as things developed, you never knew if OC was going to play it straight or play it crooked, whether he'd pass or run, and if you choose wrong, then he'd get you, and as the match went on, he got PAC a lot, with those contorted DDT sells. So even though PAC knew HOW to counter OC, he didn't necessarily know WHEN to counter him, and because of that he escalated things with the hammer. How good was Deeb in the women's match? Believably having Storm and Athena down. All the stuff on the apron. The double half crab slapping bits. Storm was a little bit of an afterthought there, more due to the layout than anything she did. Athena took some wonderful bumps and had the ill-conceived strength spot at the end. Britt had some shenanigans with Rebel and the blood (and she made her career on pulling it together and looking into the camera when she's hurting). There have been 3-4 Claudio pops in the last few months that make me so happy for the guy. I feel the same way for Saraya. I don't know if she should be wrestling. I don't know her deal. I do have some sense of how much all of this matters to her and I can empathize about losing your dream and your birthright and whatever else so young. That crowd erupted for her, and whatever comes next, she'll always have that. Main was very good stuff though with terrible, terrible production. I got the sense it didn't just hurt the home viewing but the viewing in the arena as the screen was so focused on MJF which meant a lot of the small, intricate close-up bits that they were doing and that they were trained for were just lost. There's no way you'd catch some of those things in the back of the arena and they made the match. I wouldn't call it Dunn cuts. Some of it was that Danielson and Moxley were ALWAYS doing something interesting so there was no real right time to jump to a wide cut. Something was always going to get lost. If AEW ever gets a streaming service, I hope they release an alternate all-close up version of this match. I doubt they would, but we were robbed of at least some of the experience. The match was Danielson out Moxley-ing Moxley, never giving him a breath, never letting up. The arm may have been a means to an end and he dropped it later on. I would have liked a moment where Moxley started to reverse the arm stuff or anticipate it and thereby forced Danielson to go a different direction, but we never really got that which I saw. It would have set up the finish where Danielson went back to the arm on the ramp and paid for it in a huge way. One of the joys of wrestling and of watching guys who watch tape and care about wrestling wrestle is when they build on what came before. Moxley coming up with basically the world's first reversal for Bret's sleeper reversal was a beautiful finish. I dig the Death Rider personally and the one on the ramp felt nasty, and the rolling back into the ring by Danielson was a wonderful sell. I have no idea where they go next with Claudio and Danielson but the great part is that there are no wrong answers. Hopefully we get some fresh match ups now though. Part of me hopes that they have the JAS try to go after the rest of the ROH titles and we get 2.0 vs FTR and Hager and Sammy trying their luck with Joe. Anyway, no spoilers for me yet on Rampage. I don't know if I'll make it to Saturday morning, but we'll see. Good show, good crowd. Wish the production hadn't sucked on the main.
    8 points
  39. It's actually a really wide sign that says: Legendary professional wrestling television announcer Good Ole JIM ROSS Has a favourite tag team, which is none other than the YOUNG BUCKS
    8 points
  40. 8 points
  41. I think the big surprise was Kevin Dunn directing. I mean I’ve had some rum drinks tonight but good lord way too many camera cuts and the main event was making me nauseous. Also, we really didn’t need to see MJF’s reaction every 20 seconds. Also, I enjoyed AEW better without him, he’s fucking Poochie to me.
    8 points
  42. Booker's best match is probably one of the Goldust tags against Jericho and Christian. Those were really good matches.
    8 points
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